Location: N Side between Salter & Hanna; at rear; North Face
Occupant: Margaret Park Community School
District: West Kildonan
Neighbourhood: Margaret Park
Artist(s): Lita Fontaine (unsigned)
Lita Fontaine: "The school principal called me up and asked if I could do something to
help them with their plans to have a butterfly garden at the back of the school. I
immediately knew that this would be a butterfly Mural!"
"I used 3 wood panels; each one was 4' x 8'. I again used the Woodlands Group of
Seven as my influence and inspiration, so the Mural is in that style. The number four is
very significant in my work. My spirit name is Mikinaak-Equae- I am Turtle Woman.
So there is turtle imagery in my work, which is one of the animals associated with the
Seven Sacred Teachings of the Ojibway people. The school wanted me to incorporate
some of the Seven animals- the buffalo, the turtle, the eagle. I also included the
"The colours here are of the landscape and flowers. You'll see a lot of this Ojibway
floral pattern in beadwork and at powwows. You also see rootage coming out of the
eagle feathers, kind of like a vine, representing growth."